Alabama smokes Tennessee for 11th straight win of series


The touchdown was the first TD Tennessee scored since a second quarter touchdown against UMass on September 23. "It got the crowd going, the defense was going, and we wanted to motivate the offense to score as well".

Alabama junior RB Damien Harris (leg) rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Saturday's 45-7 win over Tennessee. "Both of us were guys that weren't afraid to carry the ball, especially near the red zone (and) I think that's probably when he's most effective with some of those (RPO) things", Tebow said.

Wilson's interception came on a fourth-and-goal stop as Tennessee' struggling offense couldn't punch the ball into the end zone against defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's unit despite three opportunities inside Alabama's 5-yard line.

We understand why Tennessee would be happy to score its first touchdown in a span of more than three games. Key third down situations, we had multiple penalties.

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The Crimson Tide was anointed a 36-point favorite to beat Tennessee by Las Vegas sports books earlier in the week, which is notable because the Vols had never been a bigger underdog in their long football history. And out of the break, fatigue set in.

Alabama led just 7-0 after the first quarter, and the Tennessee defense held its own throughout the first half until a pair of touchdowns late in the second quarter put the Crimson Tide ahead 21-0 at halftime.

The second half was more crisply played. Backup Tua Tagovailoa completed 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown to fellow freshman Henry Ruggs (who with five career receptions for five touchdowns) and added a 23-yard touchdown on the ground. Alabama finished the game with 608 yards of offense on 86 plays. "Alabama did very well having the ball a lot and did really well with the time of possession for the game, so being on the field a lot it does sometimes build on you and you fatigue a little bit". "We just got to learn how to finish, and once we learn how to finish I think we'll be a pretty good ballclub".